Mobilizing Women Leaders in the Counties


One of the reasons behind the low number of women who vie for elective positions is the fact that women are not yet familiar with the opportunities to participate in county governance under the devolved system. To address this problem, Media Focus on Africa (MFA) and FIDA Kenya have gone round the counties mobilizing and encouraging women who hold different leadership positions in their communities or who possess leadership qualities based on the work they are doing in their communities to run for elective positions. The two organizations are implementing a project that is supporting Women who are running for MCA and Governor Positions. See more here.

During the mobilization meetings, MFA and FIDA explained the need for women leadership in county government and the positive effect that can have on the status of women in the country and generally on public service delivery for all. The women were also informed on what it takes to run for office and then invited to apply to join in the project. Many responded with Counties like Kisumu having over 60 applications. They are currently being reviewed so that the best, those who stand a chance of winning can be given the support they need.

During the meetings, MFA and FIDA also met Men, both elders and youth, and spoke to them about the need for supporting women leadership. The aim was to begin recruiting ambassadors who will then encourage other men to vote for women and hopefully also work towards the same by campaigning for them for example.

Another important aspect of the mobilization meetings was to encourage people to continue registering as voters because the most important support you can give to women is by voting for them.


We are supporting women running for MCA and Governor's positions in West Pokot, Mombasa, Trans Nzoia, Nyandarua, Kajiado, Kisumu, Narok and Nandi Counties.
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